Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, December 30, 2016

Friday Grab Bag 12.30.16Friday Grab Bag is a weekly Spotlight on Sharing series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting activities and news in Colorado libraries. Let’s open the Grab Bag!


You don’t have to stay up late to celebrate New Year’s at libraries around Colorado.

Berthoud Community Library’s Noon Year’s Party, Saturday, December 31 from 11:00 am to noon, is perfect for the whole family.

Summit County Library is throwing their 2nd Annual Teen Noon Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the South Branch location. There will be games, crafts, and kisses (the chocolate kind).

Delta County Libraries is throwing a New Year’s “Noon” Party on December 31 at 11:00 am. This family-friendly event will have crafts, games, and snacks for kids.


Ignacio Community Library is launching new art classes in 2017, starting with Beginning Drawing on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in January. Sign up at the library service desk or call them at (970)563-9287 to reserve your place.

Arapahoe Libraries’ Castlewood Makerspace has all the tools you need to make a personalized stamp. They have hand tools for carving your design and a laser cutter to etch the design into the stamp. Imagine the possibilities! To make your own stamp, stop by the Makerspace during full service hours Monday-Friday 3-7 pm and Saturday-Sunday 1-5 pm or book a tech specialist.

Teens and tweens: Poudre River Public Library District wants to hear your ideas for upcoming library programs, events, and activities. The library is holding a brainstorming session (with pizza and snacks) on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the Council Tree Library. Register online or call 221-6740.

Carnegie Library is looking for artists to exhibit their work on the library’s Community Art Wall in January. The library will provide the 12 x 10 wall space with hangers, a poster, and cards for the pieces. Contact the library if you’re interested.

Englewood Public Library is starting a Writers Group for anyone interested in creative writing. The first meeting is January 4 at 6:30 pm. Their Meetup page has more details.


In a previous Friday Grab Bag I mentioned the Winter Reading program at Bud Werner Memorial Library. This week, check out Mamie Doud Eisenhower’s Cool Kids Reading Program, which runs from December 11 through January 8. Kids who read 3 books during that period can enter to win a prize. Pick up an entry form in the library or download one online.

Pine River Library wants to help you Break Up with Sugar in the new year. The class, led by local dietitian/nutritionist Fran Sutherlin on January 4, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, will provide information about the effects of sugar on the body and offer some recipes to help reduce your sugar intake.

Boulder Public Library offers Citizenship Classes every Monday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Main Library to help prepare for the United States Citizenship test. No registration is required. Questions? Contact, 303-441-3100.

French Chat is a chance for patrons to practice their French at Pitkin County Library every Monday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

The Kid’s Literacy Hub is an interactive workshop for children ages 10 and under at the Greenhorn Valley Library in Pueblo. It meets on January 6, 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The Literacy Hub combines sensory, literacy, and cognitive instruction and learning skills through the use of fun activities such as puzzles, match and identification games and more!

High Plains Library District wants to help students in their community with their National History Day projects. Librarians will help students with research and primary sources during the Research Rendezvous Open Lab on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Centennial Park Library.

News from the Colorado State Library

There’s still plenty of time for teens to work on their entries for the 2017 Colorado Teen Video Challenge. This year’s theme is summer reading. Entries are due by February 10, 2017. Additional information is available online.

The library is a great place to start when you need some New Year’s inspiration. Check out my recent Spotlight on Sharing post, which highlights how Colorado libraries can help you achieve your resolutions.

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is your library sharing? We’d love to hear about it! Email Amy Hitcher, On Twitter follow @hitchlib and use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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